You see the recent estimate that 45.8 million people are in slavery worldwide (Global Slavery Index, 2016). You feel the emotional impact. You imagine the extent of the suffering. You try to picture the individual lives that make up the 45.8 million. But the enormity of the problem brings a paralysis. Instead of moving, you sit. Instead of empathy leading to action, you sympathize and move on.
I get it. The problem of human trafficking is huge. I, too, am often paralyzed by the sheer vastness of the problem. “Who am I? I’m just one person. What am I really going to do about it?” These thoughts are my mind’s familiar friends and, some days, I don’t know which direction to move, let alone if I’m even able to move. Many days, I want to jump out instead of jump in. I understand that the fear of joining the fight is real.
Will our individual, seemingly diminutive efforts make an impact large enough to outweigh the cost we pay for joining the fight? Will our effort, our tears, and our sweat be worth it in the end? Or are we fighting a giant too big to destroy?
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." - Mother Theresa
You are absolutely accurate that you cannot end the problem, in and of yourself. You alone cannot feed one hundred people. But you do have the ability to (metaphorically) feed one person. And when you feed one and join them in bringing about their restoration, they can feed one. And their one can feed one. And eventually our individual efforts, plus our invitation to the people around us to join the fight, will have a ripple effect. Your efforts do not exist in a bubble; you individual efforts are part of a greater story.
You may think that you don’t have the skills, or education, or knowledge to do something about it. But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” You are equipped. You are already enough.
Mother Theresa, in her abundant wisdom, exhorts us, “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” The fight doesn’t need your superhero powers to save the day. What it needs is your willingness to love in the small ways and to love consistently.
Will you be the one who says “no” to apathy and says “yes” to action? Will you be one who loves without getting tired? Will you be one who takes the small steps to see the multiplied efforts of many bring the end to human trafficking?
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